Under the Microscope #14 – Fruit fly brain and gut

brain-gut-composite Paola Cognigni

brain-gut-composite Paola Cognigni

This video shows the anatomical and functional connection between the brain and the gut in the fruit fly"

—Paola Cognigni

Check out the rest of the Under the Microscope video series here: io9.com

Paola Cognigni:
“This video shows the anatomical and functional connection between the brain and the gut in the fruit fly, Drosophila melanogaster. This work is carried out in Irene Miguel-Aliaga’s lab in the Department of Zoology as part of a research project that aims to find and explain the interactions between internal organs and their importance in growth and health.”

The brain is about 700 microns wide: about the size of a pencil tip.

The image was taken on the Zoology Dept Imaging Facility on a Leica SP5 confocal system.

More info and images:
zoo.cam.ac.uk/zoostaff/miguel-aliaga/main.html

Music by Intercontinental Music Lab
intercontinentalmusiclab.com

 
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